Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murder in George Floyd’s death after the video of Floyd’s arrest sparked violent riots across America for months.
Scene from riots in Minneapolis:
According to NPR, the documents filed Thursday say Derek Chauvin intends to appeal his conviction on fourteen grounds.
Several of the grounds for appeal are aimed at Chauvin’s treatment by Judge Peter Cahill. Chauvin targets the judge in three key points that he abused Chauvin’s discretion when he denied his request to move the trial, he denied a request to sequester the jury, and when he denied requests to postpone the trial.
The announcement during jury selection that Minneapolis reached a $27 million settlement with Floyd’s family is one reason to believe the jury pool was tainted from the beginning.
There were also question surrounding the medical examiner’s findings in the case:
Chauvin was charged with second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter after the arrest of Floyd resulted in his death.
Chauvin has no attorney and no income aside from prison wages. His case had been funded by a legal defense fund from the Minneapolis Police and Peace Officers Association.
Chauvin’s lawyer had previously argued that the jury pool would be tainted. Subsequently, there were claims by the defense of jury misconduct that the judge ruled against.
Earlier this month, the four former Minneapolis police officers charged with violating George Floyd’s civil rights pleaded not guilty to the federal charges.
Pictured above: Derek Chauvin, J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane, and Tou Thao
Just this month, the four former Minneapolis police officers charged with violating George Floyd’s civil rights pleaded not guilty to the federal charges.